You may already know that I have a thing for sleep masks (I can’t fall asleep when it is too bright). So when I stumbled upon these sweet animal-shaped sleep masks from Julia Wine last night, I was wondering how many I can get away with buying without looking like an obsessive lunatic. I have yet to decide on a concrete number, but it should be in the vicinity of a dozen. There is also a non-mammal, white cloud sleep mask, which I think is no less adorable than the others. What do you think – which one is your favourite?
They are priced at USD17, translating to just about SGD22.
Sweet edibles keep popping up in fashion these days. First, there is the Uniqlo x Ladurée collection of UT Tees. And then Kaiser Karl himself (“In fashion, don’t take anything too seriously.”) teams up with plastic footwear maven Melissa to create a irreverent collection that features the above ice-cream cone heels. I never though that dairy products and shoes have anything in common until now. From the looks of it, they are a match made in sartorial heaven.
They come in three colour schemes (black/magenta, white/mint, nude/magenta). I am not sure if they have already available at the local Melissa flagship store, its really not too much trouble to drop by Wheelock Place and find out. If eating an actual ice-cream cone goes straight to your hips, why not just keep them on your feet?
I bought a new camera (which is a little bulkier than my previous point-and-shoot) some months ago and have been looking for a suitable (by that, I mean good quality and good-looking) camera strap ever since. I thought that I will invest in a nicely crafted leather one, but although I did come across some very handsome ones, they usually come with equally handsome price-tags and are out of my budget. Then I stumbled upon Figosa, a brand new camera strap-maker that hand-make their products in Italian leather.
The straps are not at all fancy (just how I like them) and come in a number of colour combinations – you can choose from Honey, Cognac, Brown & Black for the leather and pair it with either gold or silver hardware. Considering everything, I was more than a little surprised to find that it is priced at just 20 Euros (or about SGD33). The Figosa Etsy store just opened a couple of days ago on 1 April, so I suggest you make an order before everyone else find out about this little gem and jack the price up with their demand.
However, before you click on the “add to cart” button, do check with the Figosa team to find out if their straps are compatible with your camera model. (Even if they aren’t, I am quite sure that it is possible to make customised orders.)
Here are just three pretty printed things that I came across today. The one that I like the most is this red printed desert boot from the new Clarks x Eley Kishimoto collection. There are three prints (including the British design duo’s now iconic flash print) and three shapes (boot, kitten-heeled pumps, peep-toed, platform, strappy sling-backs) in all. And grab this flashy gnome too – its much too cute to miss.
Now that budget airlines are trying to out-do each other with cheap flights, I foresee that weekend getaways will become more frequent occurrences. Considering that, a good duffle will come in really handy. So many over-night bags in the market are so overtly masculine, so its nice to see Lulie Wallace (hailing all the way from North Carolina, U.S.A) has nailed it with their unapologetically girly ones. This roomy duffle comes in four soft-colored prints – the brand also offers a more compact weekender.
This sweet Liberty print bow-tie from J Crew are for little boys, but I see now reason why grown-up girls cannot have some fun with them as well. Wear this with a prim button-up for a spot of color or use it as a brooch or bag accessory. Note: a bow-tie need not be worn around the neck.
Spotted this on BOYY‘s Facebook page last night – I can’t remember the last time I was so instantly taken by a bag. It must be that luxurious red (reminds me of a creamy crimson lipstick) and the ultra-cool double front-flap that did it. A bag with two closing flaps; it certainly doesn’t sound ground-breaking but somehow it turned out kind of brilliant. The brand first released the Filippo bag for S/S 2012 about a year ago in soft nude leather accented with what appears to be a spotted deer print. It has since updated the design with various other animal prints.
Considering that I am not a huge fan of animal prints (can’t carry it off; not a wild/sexy bone in my body), I am really glad that BOYY decided to go with plain colours for S/S 2013. Six new shades will be launched, including cream, charcoal grey and that perfect red you see above.
I bought the Oscar bag from BOYY back in 2011, so I can attest to the quality of their bags. Two years on, it is still one of my favourite bags and I use it regularly (just the right size for daily toting). The lovely nappa leather aside (which just gets softer with use), what I love best about the Oscar is its versatility, a winning trait that can be found in the Filippo as well. Coming with a detachable shoulder strap and wrist strap, it can be used in three ways: as a clutch, shoulder bag and wristlet.
The Filippo is available in Small (W 7” X H 6” X D 2.5”) and Big (W 11.5” X H 8.5” X D 4”) for approximately USD670 and USD749 respectively. Only one design (i.e. leopard print) is on sale on the label’s online store right now, and I have no idea when the S/S 2013 colours will be released. So, if you have your eye on this as well, best to keep it fixed on their Facebook page for updates. Or, you can just hop down to Bangkok (with the budget fares, it won’t cost too much) to check it out in person.
Designer replicas may be a big no-no, but come on, this is a LEGO version of a classic Gucci clutch – how can anyone not love it? Besides, we are obviously not supposed to take this seriously, so its user (who I imagine to be an irreverent fashion maverick) cannot have any intention of pulling this off as the real deal. Then there is the price. At just US$204 (with free worldwide shipping – hooray), the ‘Tribute To Gucci‘ clutch is just a tiny fraction of what it’ll cost you to get a genuine Gucci, while offering many times the fun (it could be the clutch that launched a hundred conversations).
And if you are not a fan of Gucci, what about this LEGO Birkin?
I know, its been some time since I wrote anything here, but when I spotted this sweet wooden handbag, I thought that you will probably love it too. Considering that is hand-carved out of a single piece of oak wood, I’m surprised that it is priced at just USD185. The handiwork of wood-lover Gökhan Eryaman, this handbag is just one of the talented Turkish designer/carpenter’s many gorgeous creations under the Haydanhuya Wooden Things (what a brilliantly simple name) label.
The Oak Bag is just big enough to hold the daily necessities (phone, lipstick, cards and maybe a pair of wayfarers), just the way I like my handbags (because the larger your carrier, the more non-essentials you lug around). The bag also comes in a larger size, priced at USD235.
Other than handbags, Eryaman has also made wooden briefcases and wallets (that doubles as card-holders). Each piece is made to last – like all things made of premium wood, they can only get better with age if cared for properly. He is so confident of his wooden things that there is a 15-day trial period for all his products; you can return it and get your money back if you don’t like it for any reason.
Why hanker after an over-priced IT bag when you can have one of these beautifully made conversation pieces that can potentially become a family fashion heirloom? There is just no contest.
I don’t know about you, but I am definitely in lust with this Bill Cunningham T-shirt. Sadly but unsurprisingly, it is sold out. I’m crossing my fingers (and everything else that can be crossed) that it will become available again soon.
Recently, almost-too-cool Swedish fashion brand Acne unveiled its flagship store in Aoyama, Tokyo. To bring a little piece of Stockholm to the Japanese capital, it has launched a sweet and quirky limited edition silk scarf (USD290) that is sold exclusively online and at the Aoyama store. If you are a great lover of silk scarves, this will certainly pull at your heartstrings. I mean, it is pulling on mine! Other than this little piece of silky heaven, the other compelling reason to vist the new flagship is the store itself. Located in the thick of the city’s designer fashion central, the sleek, brutally minimalist interiors may make me feel a little self-conscious, but I will be loving it nonetheless. Penning this down as a must-visit destination in Tokyo right now.
There are a few facts of life that one just can’t deny – and one of them is “Colette makes everything cooler”. Case in point: these super lovely postcards that the cult boutique produced in collaboration with talented Paris-based graphic designer and illustrator Leslie David. Colette is so cool that it has even managed to transform the kitschy travel postcard into covetable art. Souvenirs de Paris is a set of eight vintage, black and white postcards of Paris’ most famous landmarks, made remarkable by the beautifully vivid, textured designs that have been painted over them. It doesn’t take a great feat of imagination to envision how great these will look on your desk.
Unfortunately, they seemed to be sold out on Colette’s eshop (if you know otherwise, please let me know!). The next best thing you can do is to save them as wallpapers for your computer and phone – better than nothing, if you ask me. If you still can’t get enough of these paint-over-visuals images, check out this editorial from Please! magazine’s 5th anniversary issue, which have been processed with the same awesome technique.
(Photo: Please! Magazine)